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World Refrigeration Day 2020

June 26th marks World Refrigeration Day, a global day recognizing the refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat pump sector. As we await a new refrigerated vaccine, live in a warmer world, and depend on cold chains to keep our food fresh and safe to eat, the importance of this sector cannot be overstated. Cooling is essential and it is vital to ensure that cooling systems are sustainable. Together we can work towards a world of energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling for all without the warming.

Here are five resources to help:

1. Check out the Climate-Friendly Supermarket Scorecard

See how your supermarket measures up on our Supermarket Scorecard where we assess top-grossing U.S. grocery retailers, that represent over 70 brands, on their actions to reduce emissions of super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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2. Purchase an HFC-free Fridge

In the US, super pollutant refrigerants are still widely used in household refrigerators despite the availability of HFC-free alternatives that are thousands of times better for the climate. Use our Buyer’s Guide to find a list of available HFC-free refrigerator models.

3. Find a Climate-friendly Supermarket Near You

Explore our interactive map to find a climate-friendly supermarket near you. Search by zip code or address to find a grocer in your neighborhood using HFC-free technologies. Learn more about the technologies stores are using by clicking on a store and visiting our technology page.

Climate-Friendly Supermarkets Map

4. Thank a Climate-friendly Supermarket

Join us and Green America by sending a letter of thanks to the HFC-free supermarkets and their workers in your area. Use our interactive map to find a store and say thanks! Don’t see a climate-friendly supermarket near you? Click here to ask for an HFC-free store in your area!

5. Learn More about HFCs

Learn more about refrigerants and the climate opportunity they present by reading our report Search, Reuse, and Destroy. This report discusses how we can prevent HFC emissions both during and at the end of life of cooling equipment. If you have an old refrigerator or air conditioning unit that you are trying to dispose of, check out Green America’s disposal blog to learn more about proper appliance disposal.

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Recent Blog Posts

Can I be HFC-free? A Quest for Climate-friendly Cooling
08/10/2020
Supermarkets in particular have enormous refrigeration systems that extend past the display cases to back room chillers, refrigerated trucks, cold warehouses and so on. With such large systems, supermarkets are among the largest corporate offenders of HFC use, with thousands of tons of these chemicals throughout their cold chain. Yet out of nearly 40,000 supermarkets in the U.S., barely 1% are known to have transitioned to HFC-free systems; our Supermarket Scorecard shows that action and change throughout the industry is needed. These large companies have a greater climate footprint than you or me, and thus a greater responsibility to transition to climate-friendly alternatives.
Finding the Promise in Compromise: EIA Proposal to Jumpstart California HFC Reclaim
07/27/2020
Last week EIA participated in California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) 6th workshop on proposed regulations to reduce emissions of super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in cooling. The state’s rigorous process for proposing new regulations on HFC refrigerants has been ongoing for several years now and is in the final stretch. Opportunities for stakeholder engagement have been abundant and ARB has invited input from industry along the way. They even aligned with an industry proposed 2023 deadline for transitioning new air conditioning equipment to refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) less than 750.

Recent Reports

The Risk of Ozone-Depletion Persists - Comments to EPA
10/15/2020
EIA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the draft risk assessments of methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, and other priority chemicals undergoing risk evaluations under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EIA Briefing on the IEC Standards Proposal for Air Conditioning
10/08/2020
With global stock of household air conditioners (ACs) expected to triple by 2050, continued use of HFCs in ACs is fueling the climate crisis.

Recent Press Releases

100,000+ Consumers Say Walmart Should Not Put Off Curbing Climate-Harming Refrigerants for 20 Years
09/21/2020
New Announcement Waiting Until 2040 to Phase Out HFCs Leaves Walmart Way Behind Competitors – Including Aldi, Target, and Whole Foods – Who Already Have Taken Action
Unlocking Kigali Amendment Climate Benefits
08/17/2020
A new safety standard proposed by an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working group is vital to maximizing emission reductions from a global phase-down of super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
What are the HFC-free Technologies?
Widespread adoption of HFC-free technologies is cost-effective, energy efficient, and climate-friendly. Read EIA’s report Putting the Freeze on HFCs for hundreds of examples of HFC-free technologies available and in use today.
A Global HFC Phase-down
The October 2016 Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda yielded a global agreement to phase down HFCs. Now countries must ratify and implement the Kigali Amendment! Read and share EIA's briefing on this great opportunity and obligation to avert climate catastrophe.
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